spring fling and transferring a pattern…

PicMonkey Spring Fling Collage

my spring fling

I had so much fun putting this collage of Spring Flings together ~ thank you to Ronda Tedder of The Simple Thyme for showing me how to use PicMonkey!  Ronda is not only a talented needle-woman, she is also FEARLESS when it comes to technology.

My Spring Fling collage features a few things I’ve been working on recently.  I’ll be adding some of these goodies to my PHM shop the third Friday in April.  Others will be on etsy soon.

From time to time, I’m asked how I transfer my patterns onto my weavers cloth.  Here’s how I do it:

First, I turn the pattern over so that I’m looking at the blank side of the paper.  Then, I draw over the lines of the pattern, in black ink, so that I have the pattern reversed or backward.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Then I place the pattern on my weavers cloth on the underneath-side of my hoop or gripper frame.  I use scotch tape to keep my pattern in place.

ready to transfer

ready to transfer

Now, I flip my hoop over and my pattern is reversed and ready to trace.

use a pencil

use a pencil

I like to use a pencil on my weavers cloth for transferring.  Usually, I keep the pattern pressed against the weavers cloth with my knee or a book or something.  Though I’ve taped the pattern to the cloth, putting pressure in the middle of the paper helps me see the pattern more clearly through the weavers cloth.

transferred and ready to punch

transferred and ready to punch

Now, I’m ready to choose my colors and get to work.

Wishing you moments of bliss today!

 

rebecca

notions….

“notions” is such a great word, don’t you think?  I love it ~ so  prim and full of possibilities, just like Lori Brechlin is and just like her designs are.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I chose my Valdani perles for Notions with the help of my little friend Otis.  Can you see his nose at the top of the picture?

otis makes a suggestion

otis makes a suggestion

Though Otis has definite opinions about eliminating Valdani V4, I feel strongly that we should at least try it.  It’s a new color for us here at The Simple Quiet and I’m trying to convince my helpers that new can be good!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I don’t know about Otis, but I quite like the way Valdani V4 adds a bit of dash to our otherwise neutral Notions.

It seems to me that a simple place to perch, like on the lid of a humble box, is just the spot for this embroidery.

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a box of possibilities

 

Fill a box with some notions of your own!

 

rebecca

 

farmer and wife…

Farmer and Wife, a Notforgotten Farm design, is another project, like Rocking Horse from my previous post, that I punched and then took time out to await inspiration.

farmer

farmer

While punching, I had fun trying out a new-to-me Valdani blue, M42.  It’s a color that’s reminiscent of bright blue summer skies and paired beautifully, in my opinion, with the golden straw-colored Valdani H205.  I think a cup of coffee is on the agenda now, both for me and for my Farmer and Wife!

stained and ready to finish

coffee stained and ready to finish

I liked the way the Valdani M42 and H205 took to their coffee stain.  Both colors softened and darkened a bit, and now both Farmer and Wife are ready for their big finishes.  The only trouble is, I don’t have a finishing clue!  I’ll ask Lilly what to do…

go'way

go’way

…Lilly offers me nothing except the fluttering of one eyelid.  Otis and Ellis….?

busy, busy, busy

busy, busy, busy

Evidently, I’m on my own here.

After many days of profound and intense thought (about other things) light dawns and I have an idea.

a good read

a good read

I have two copies of the book Audubon, both hard covered in blue, a blue which gets along famously with the colors in my punch needles.  One of the books is already losing its covers, front and back, so I think I’ll make use of the opportunity and use these salvaged pieces.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANow, Farmer and his Wife are ready to lean just about anywhere.  At the moment they’re hanging out in my etsy shop, if you’d like to take a look!

Until next time, may all your seedlings sprout!

 

rebecca

rocking horse…

I thought to myself, a long time ago, that it would be fun to make a punch needle rocking horse.  So, I drew a simple horse on weavers cloth and adorned it with one of my favorite Bird in the Hand Primitives designs.  This was the easy, dreamy part, whence everything seemed possible!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I started punching with my favorite hues and added a tiny bit of orange and blue for a bit of something-or-other.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I punched horizontally for the head, tail and around the central motif…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

…and vertically on the legs and back.  The mane was great fun!  I punched it long and fluffy….

and then I stuck…. and stuck and stuck.  For several weeks I looked at my horse and my horse looked at me.

Suddenly, and I’ve really no clear idea how it happened, all at once, in one fell creative swoop, my horse was finished.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I used a wood strap, salvaged from an antique trunk and some of its decorative hardware to make the rocker.  Inside the legs are wood dowels through which screws anchor the horse to the rocker.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I visited my favorite site for free vintage clip art.  Graphics Fairy is unparalleled for unique and wonderful ephemera.  I used bits and pieces for both the rocker and a paper tag.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe tag on the right is the same type of tag I covered.  The tag on the left has clip art Mod Podged  on both sides and is waiting to be antiqued.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Now, the tag on the left has been rubbed with a Distress Ink ink pad in Walnut Stain.  Once the ink dried, I applied One Step Crackle and rubbed it again with the Distress Ink.  Though you can’t see the crackles in this photo, they are there and add some nice age and softness.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I backed my horse with stained weavers cloth and added a homespun patch.

ta da

ta da

So, there you have it!

On to the next project…. perhaps a rocking sheep, or cat, or….??

Now that winter’s nearly at its end, May all your spring bulbs of creativity bloom beautifully!

rebecca

p.s.

You can see Rocking Horse on etsy if you’d like.

phm update…

It’s time for the March update at Primitive Handmades Mercantile….

colonial hill farm

colonial hill farm

…and, though I didn’t get much finished this week to post, I did complete this Notforgotten Farm design.  I love working on these types of rural, sectioned designs ~ so much fun!  I think I’ll try designing a few myself.   If you’d like to see more of Colonial Hill Farm on PHM, click here.

lilly

lilly

Lilly is joyfully playing with her wool puff (which is located in front of her right paw) and crinkly papers.  She reminds me, daily, that it’s the simplest things in life that are the most fun.

 

Enjoy your weekend and may you find some quiet happiness of your own!

 

rebecca

 

colonial adam and eve…

Lately, I’ve been punching off the cuff.  That is, I’ve been choosing my colors as I punch along rather than planning ahead and I’ve been using whatever floss is already threaded in my needles instead of threading anew.  This is my favorite way to punch, or do anything else, because it’s so simple.

ellis

ellis

While Ellis takes a break from the ardors of punching, I get started on Lori Brechlin’s Colonial Adam and Eve design.  And, I’m punching along at a great rate, enjoying every minute of my work, when…

otis aka oatbran

otis aka oatbran

…along comes the Oatbran.  He is under the misapprehension that because he has thumbs he is a puncher extraordinaire.  I think he would be really good at needlework, if only….

zzzz...

zzzz…

…he could keep his eyes open, and….OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA…his paw on the needle.  When, at last, Otis is sound asleep, I’m able to continue on and finish punching Colonial Adam and Eve.

ta da

ta da

Now, into the coffee bath it will go, and then onto its finishing.  Yes, I must concentrate on finishing for the remainder of this week!   I have several projects ready, several ideas in mind, and, most importantly, a deadline.  This Friday is update time for Primitive Handmades Mercantile, and I’ve been merrily punching along, without a care in the world or a finish on my horizon.  It’s time to come back to earth and get something done!

So, until such time as I have a finished project to show for myself, may you find happiness in all that you do!

 

rebecca

 

 

 

what to do, what to do….

What do you do when there’s only one thing you really want to do and scores of things you should do?

our herd of deer

our herd of deer ~ there are 6 pictured here.  can you find them?

Outdoors it’s still cold and snowy.

ellis gets comfy

ellis gets comfy

Indoors it’s warm and toasty.  Some of us just want to eat, sleep and play.  Others of us, myself to name the one, just want to punch.  That’s it.  That’s all I want to do right now ~ punch, punch, punch…  The trouble is, the more I punch, the more I should do that isn’t punching.  Laundry, ironing, cleaning, eating, exercising, and sleeping aside, there are all those UFOs hanging around, waiting patiently.  Let’s take a look:

little birds

little birds

Here are my three little birds waiting to be stuffed and perched on their oil cans.

farmer and wife ~ notforgotten farm

farmer and wife ~ notforgotten farm

Farmer and Wife are ready to become something, but they’re not sure just what.

colonial hill farm

colonial hill farm ~ notforgotten farm

I think Colonial Hill Farm will make a fabulous little pillow… but, when?

weathervane rooster

weathervane rooster

My rooster just needs to have a bit more stuffing before it can be mounted on its weathervane, but I haven’t gotten very far on the construction of said weathervane.  So, my rooster waits and waits.

rocking horse

rocking horse

This horse, which features a design from Robin of Bird in the Hand Primitives, will, someday, get to start rocking, but not today.

No, my UnFinished Objects will just have to stay UFOs for the nonce, because I just ordered another batch of patterns from Notforgotten Farm and I have several Bird in the Hand Primitives designs on which I really, really want to get started.

So, if you need me, you know where I’ll be….

herbs and posies ~ notforgotten farm

herbs and posies ~ notforgotten farm

 

…I’ll be in my comfortable chair, ignoring all those shoulds, and punching away to my heart’s content.

 

May you always find a way to do what you love!

rebecca

 

 

 

 

 

plates…

great grandma's china

great grandma’s china

I have a veritable treasure trove of family china.

grandma's everyday ware

grandma’s everyday ware

I have several sets of various grandmothers fine china, which live comfortably swaddled, sleeping away until those times when they are called into service.  These are beautiful, stately dishes which take themselves very seriously.

grandma's transfer ware

grandma’s transfer ware

I also have many of my lady ancestors everyday ware, and these are my favorites.  Happy, humble, chipped, cracked, and crackled, these plates have really lived.

great grandma's cocoa service

great grandma’s cocoa service

These are the pieces that I like to surround myself with, and so, my studio is liberally sprinkled with these old ladies.  They remind me that aging is valuable, and that even when ones paramount function in life is past, one still has much of significance to offer.

powder room

powder room

Attached to my studio (which is, after all, simply a glorified bedroom) is a small powder room.  I’ve never actually powdered anything in this room, but I like the way, “powder room” sounds, and I love the raised sink the previous home owners installed.

great grandma's everday

great grandma’s everyday

I recently brought my great grandmother’s everyday china home from my mother’s house, and I think it will be just the thing to add some history to my powder room.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI’ll be using these adhesive plate hangers, which I’ve used in the past.  I find these very reliable, easy to use, and they’re made in England, which is a nice change of place.

a little water

a little water

I dip my finger tips in a teacup of water and spread a thin layer over the back of the hanger.  Then I wait a few minutes to allow the adhesive to set up and check in with Lilly to see what she’s up to…

what a lady

what a lady

She’s found her catnip sockie ~ what joy!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOnce the adhesive becomes tacky I can press the hanger onto the back of the clean plate and let it dry over night.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASpeaking of night, Lilly looks like she’s ready for a good night’s sleep.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe next day, I start hanging all the plates randomly on the wall above the sink, and, as usual, I have a helper…

ellis, the interior decorator

ellis, the interior decorator

Ellis makes sure I achieve proper plate placement.  It’s always nice to have his input in these delicate matters.

all done

all done

With Ellis’s assistance I finish in record time, and I’m happy with the result.  The only trouble is, I’m running out of wall space.  Well, it must be time to commandeer some from other parts of the house.  Pretty soon, my plates will trickle out into the hall and down the stairs….  After all, what are walls for, if not to hang things upon?

 

May you find joy in the simplest of things!

 

rebecca